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Namibia’s U20 women’s football team lost their opening game of the Zone Six Youth Games 2-1 against the hosts Zimbabwe here on Friday.

The 2014 Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA)-run games started on Thursday, and end on 14 December.

The Zimbabwean women’s team dominated the game from the start, and scored the opener in the 11th minute and then doubled the score eight minutes later.

With only two minutes left before the half-time break, Namibia’s Memory Ngonda scored to end the first-half 2-1 in favour of Zimbabwe.

Namibia took control of the game at the start of the second half, but missed three golden scoring opportunities.

Speaking to Nampa after the game, Namibian coach Bertus Bock said his players will now have to give it their all if they want to make it to the next round of the competition.

“The girls played well today but Zimbabwe caught us when we lost concentration. From now on we have to win all our remaining games in order to have a chance of reaching the next round. I believe in the girls and they will make it, but we will all have to work as a team in our remaining games,” he said.

Namibia has been drawn in a group with Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana.

Meanwhile, the U20 men’s football team will play their opening game against Lesotho on Saturday at the Luveve Stadium at 14h00.

Namibia is also represented in netball, athletics, swimming, tennis and boxing.

The team also consists of Paralympic athletes, mainly for track and field.

The country ended second in the 2012 edition of the Zone Six Games held in Lusaka, Zambia. – Nampa

Source : The Namibian

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